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Have ‘bio-citizens’ pushed us to a regulatory turning point?

[We are at the beginning of] an upstart revolution where citizens are deciding not to wait around for a cure ...
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Could nearby alien civilizations be more primitive, and therefore undetectable?

Editor's note: Abraham Loeb is chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University As we discover numerous habitable planets around other ...
Viewpoint: Are women instinctually attracted to dominant men?

Viewpoint: Are women instinctually attracted to dominant men?

[Anthropologist Richard Wrangham writes:] Women don’t like many specific acts of demonic males. But paradoxically, many women do regularly find ...
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Deep learning: Google wants to use retinal photos to predict blood pressure, age, smoking status

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person’s ...
Could we fight HIV with new Car-T therapy?

Could we fight HIV with new Car-T therapy?

The same kind of DNA tinkering that produced the first FDA-approved gene therapy for cancer has shown hints of suppressing and even ...
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Balancing cancer detection and finding false positives: Enhancing tumor imaging technology provides guidance

Many forms of cancer go undetected until a later stage, making them hard to treat and putting patients at greater ...
Typing directly from your brain, and other neuroscience technologies to watch in 2018

Typing directly from your brain, and other neuroscience technologies to watch in 2018

Here are three fast-moving areas of neuroscience we’ll be watching in 2018: … [S]cientists at Brown University are developing salt-grain-sized ...
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Hearing loss linked to single mutation might be treatable with gene editing

When David Liu first heard about a strain of mouse from his colleague Zheng-Yi Chen, he got excited. The mice ...
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Gender differences: Do females recover more slowly from concussions than males?

A recent study of middle- and high school athletes found that the female athletes took twice as long to be symptom-free ...
12-12-2017 supermalaria

‘Supermalaria’ may be heading to Africa, as global health threat grows

[Editor's note: Janet Midega is a scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program in Kilifi, Kenya and a research associate at ...
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High IQ correlates with success—but also mood disorders, anxiety and autism

There’s some bad news for people in the right tail of the IQ bell curve. In a study just published in the ...
Video: CRISPR can do much more than gene editing

Video: CRISPR can do much more than gene editing

Using the CRISPR–Cas9 system, scientists can do much more than gene editing—they can boost gene transcription or use fluorescent proteins ...
Saving the Galapagos: Gene drives could help rid invasive pests

Saving the Galapagos: Gene drives could help rid invasive pests

Eradicating invasive species can be a brutal job. On the island of Floreana, a plan to eliminate the rodents that ...
Viewpoint: It's time to stop drawing links between mercury and autism

Viewpoint: It’s time to stop drawing links between mercury and autism

[Editor's note: Emily Willingham is a science writer and co-author of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four ...
CRISPR at home: Is it really that easy to hack DNA?

CRISPR at home: Is it really that easy to hack DNA?

I am not a DIY scientist, much less a professional scientist. You won’t find me swabbing my cheek cells for ...
Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

[Editor's note: Osagie Obasogie is a professor of bioethics at the University of California-Berkeley.] Set in the not-too-distant future, the ...
Universally shared biodata could create powerful ‘internet of living things’

Universally shared biodata could create powerful ‘internet of living things’

Imagine students in universities becoming the first “sequencing line of defense” by detecting bacteria resistant to antibiotics and educating their ...
IQ debate: How much of intelligence is determined by genetics?

IQ debate: How much of intelligence is determined by genetics?

[Editor's note: Robert Plomin is deputy director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Center at King’s College London.] ...
Can any GMO documentary, pro or con, get the issue right?

Can any GMO documentary, pro or con, get the issue right?

Both films [Food Evolution and Island Earth] were fun to watch. They both also get a lot of the facts right. But ...
Gay conversion? Grotesque brain implants used to try to 'cure' homosexuality

Gay conversion? Grotesque brain implants used to try to ‘cure’ homosexuality

[Editor's note: John Horgan directs the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology.] Homosexuality has been treated with lobotomies, ...
Deteriorating bio-libraries house thousands of disappearing cultures and deadly diseases

Deteriorating bio-libraries house thousands of disappearing cultures and deadly diseases

Freeze-dried and locked away in liquid nitrogen–filled vaults around the world are hundreds of thousands of microbial cultures. In the ...
Pro fighters monitored to shed light on early signs of trauma-induced brain damage

Pro fighters monitored to shed light on early signs of trauma-induced brain damage

Researchers have enrolled close to 700 mixed martial arts fighters and boxers, both active and retired, in the past six years ...
Does 'mindfulness' make you healthier? Scientific data 'woefully lacking'

Does ‘mindfulness’ make you healthier? Scientific data ‘woefully lacking’

The concept of mindfulness involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. This can mean awareness of your ...
Drug that 'mutes' defective genes that cause nerve disorders effective in trials

Drug that ‘mutes’ defective genes that cause nerve disorders effective in trials

A crucial, late-stage clinical trial showed that the [nerve disorder drug patisiran] works—and that it’s safe. And now the biotech company ...
Editorial: How to combat Congress' growing anti-science attitudes

Editorial: How to combat Congress’ growing anti-science attitudes

The White House and Congress have lost their way when it comes to science. Notions unsupported by evidence are informing ...
Is it better to be intelligent or a critical thinker?

Is it better to be intelligent or a critical thinker?

You might imagine that doing well in school or at work might lead to greater life satisfaction, but several large ...
Inside the minds of people with obsessive-compulsive disorders

Inside the minds of people with obsessive-compulsive disorders

About 10 years ago David Adam scratched his finger on a barbed wire fence...As a science journalist and author of ...
Viewpoint: What are the odds on the future of humanity?

Viewpoint: What are the odds on the future of humanity?

The more we learn about the history of our own world, and the wider solar system, the more we see ...